The Latest: Mother & Son Charged In Connection With Man’s Death

A man and his mother are both facing charges related to the death of a man found at a home on Bechelli Lane. It’s the home of Russell Hunt, who has run for various elected positions in local government many times, but has never won a race. He is not implicated in the death of the man, identified as 37-year-old Steven Michael Johnson. Redding Police were called July 23th on reports of a white male adult who was bloody and in need of help. Upon arrival, officers said Johnson was obviously deceased and had visible wounds showing he had been a victim of violent homicide. An autopsy has been done by the coroner’s office, but Johnson’s cause of death has not been disclosed. On Friday Christopher McHatton was arraigned in a Shasta County courtroom for murder and destroying evidence. His mother, Kathleen McHatten, is charged with being an accessory after the fact and intimidating a witness.


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